Let’s be honest here. Inclusivity can be tough. You need to make sure that you are encouraging kids to try and be as accepting and reassuring as possible of those who might struggle a little more in the world. As parents, the pressure has never been tougher to make sure that their little ones are included.
Thankfully, there are a few different things that you can do as parents which will help your kids to feel like they can be included wherever they go. We’re going to look at a few of those options here and now.
Talk to Schools Ahead of Time
If you are someone has a child that has specific needs, then it’s a wise idea to contact the school before they start. Explain that your little one will be joining them in a year and enquire about the types of facilities and provisions they must make sure that everyone is included. Most primary schools and local authorities put an emphasis on inclusivity. Because they are required by law to create an environment that everyone can be a part of, you stand a good chance of making sure that there are resources and places in the school that your child can go to.
Find the Right Place
Obviously, it’s all about finding the right place. You have to make sure that your child is going to the best place possible for their specific needs and requirements. Typically, you will be in the catchment area for a number of different schools. Therefore, you have a choice on where you send your children, and the environment you introduce them to.
Look for the schools that really place an emphasis on inclusivity and making sure everyone can interact in the same way, and especially those schools which have staff who are trained specifically to help children who require a little bit of extra support to really thrive and grow. It’s okay to be picky, because this is an important time in your child’s life, and they should feel included.
Lobby For Extra Resources
If you find yourself in an environment that you don’t feel is best for your child, then you should always lobby for getting extra resources to make sure they get the most of their high school or primary school experience. In some cases, this will involve asking them to change the playground equipment, to better suit those kids who need sensory play. Alternatively, you might want to ask them to create some kind of center specifically for children with extra needs and requirements so they have a safe place to go and deal with the world.
What you will find is that there are a lot of schools that are more than happy to discuss this with you, and will be able to sit down and outline what can and cannot be done for your child. Securing extra funding is a little easier when it’s for something which is important, like for example equal inclusivity for those kids who might struggle in the conventional school environment.
To summarise, there is a lot that you can do for kids who struggle with inclusivity, and there are many different things that you can do as a parent to encourage local schools and providers to up their game and provide the best resources possible. Your child has a right to feel included in the school environment, and this is more difficult when they have extra needs and requirements or issues which prevent them from socializing properly. When this happens, they need an environment they can be safe in because it is important to experience development regardless of your mental or physical limitations.